Intel completes work on 64-bit version of Android for Atom processors
by Gary Sims on January 10, 2014 4:27 am
"During CES Intel revealed that it has been making code contributions to the 64-bit version of Android 4.4 KitKat and that the kernel work is now complete. According to Hermann Eul, Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group, Intel has worked to ensure that, at the kernel level at least, OEMs using Silvermont based Atom processors have a 64-bit version of Android available for use on their devices.
There is currently little or no news about Google’s plans to support 64-bits in Android but Intel has gone ahead and added support itself. "
"We don't want partners to be held up (by Google's delay). And when Google does provide that, partners can just slot that code into place." Hermann Eul
"It isn’t clear what sort of changes Intel has made since the Linux kernel has support 64-bit architectures for many years. More details about Intel’s support for 64-bit Android, especially for Merrifield based smartphones, are expected at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona next month."
Intel newsroom 2012
Intel Technology Selected for NISSAN Motor Company's Next-Gen In-Vehicle Infotainment Systems
Posted by IntelPR in Intel Newsroom on Apr 5, 2012 7:24:09 AM
Companies Collaborate to Bring New Features, User Experiences to the Car
Intel Atom processor will power NISSAN Motor Company's next-generation in-vehicle infotainment system for select production vehicles beginning in 2013.
Intel and NISSAN are engaged in joint research and product development to bring new and innovative driving experiences.
Joint research demonstrates the benefits of integrating consumer electronic device connectivity in the car with cloud-based services.
ARTICLE DOES NOT MENTION INTEL
Nissan shifts into wearables with car-connecting Nismo Watch
Truly connecting car and driver
By Michelle Fitzsimmons 2 hrs ago
"Be one with your car" is a mantra often muttered by motorheads, but Nissan is taking syncing with your vehicle to a whole new level with the introduction of the Nismo Watch.
Billed as the first smartwatch to connect car and driver, this concept wrist-warmer comes on the heels of the Samsung Galaxy Gear and Qualcomm Toq's reveals.
Clearly, it's time to settle in for a deluge of techy tickers.
Nissan called the new smartwatch its first step into wearable tech, foreshadowing more developments down the line. The Nismo Watch offers a mix of biometric data and car performance stats, and it's specifically designed for drivers of its Nismo performance line of vehicles, which include the Juke Nismo and 370Z Nismo.
more at techradar
Liberty Global launches Horizon in Germany
Jörn Krieger 03-09-2013
Liberty Global's German subsidiary Unitymedia will deploy the multimedia box Horizon to its cable customers from 4 September.
The device acts as a central media platform combining conventional TV, video-on-demand (VOD), TV archives, Internet portals like YouTube, and personal content such as video recordings and photos. Horizon resembles a set-top box, hard-disk recorder, cable modem for telephony, and Internet and Wi-Fi router in a single device.
Up to four different HDTV channels can be recorded simultaneously on the 500GB hard drive. In addition to the TV set, Horizon can also be used on the PC and mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad. An Android version is in preparation.
The integrated recommendation function suggests content based on the viewer's individual taste. Facebook, Twitter and other Internet services are available as apps on the TV screen.
The Horizon HD recorder will cost a one-off fee of €299 until 31 October 2013 and €399 afterwards. Customers not requiring the recording function and the Wi-Fi module can purchase the Horizon HD receiver for €199 until 31 October and for €249 thereafter.
As a rental box, the Horizon HD recorder will cost €8 instead of the €10 per month at launch. The monthly rental fee for the Horizon HD receiver will be €5 (regular fee: €7). When opting to rent the box, customers have to pay an activation fee of €50. The minimum contract period is 24 months.
Chip Shot: Intel Technology-based New Horizon HD Recorder from Unitymedia Takes Entertainment to New Level
Posted by Kathy Gill in Intel Newsroom on Sep 6, 2013 12:24:22 PM
Intel is showcasing the new Horizon HD recorder_in their booth at IFA. The Horizon HD Recorder is the key element of the comprehensive TV and media platform “Horizon” that allows people to watch television, video on demand and web content via an app on their TV, PC, tablet and smartphone. The device is based on the Intel Atom CE4200 media processor and an Intel Puma 5 cable modem. The new device will soon be available to the customers of high-speed cable network operator Unitymedia Kabel BW in the German federal states North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse. Detailed information about Horizon is available at: unitymediaDOTde/horizon.
Intel Unveils New Technologies for Efficient Cloud Datacenters
Posted by IntelPR in Intel Newsroom on Sep 4, 2013 9:30:10 AM
"Intel today demonstrated the first operational RSA-based rack equipped with the newly announced Intel Atom C2000 processors, Intel® Xeon® processors, a top-of-rack Intel SDN-enabled switch and Intel Silicon Photonics Technology. As part of the demonstration, Intel also disclosed the new MXC connector and ClearCurve* fiber technology developed by Corning* with requirements from Intel. The fiber connections are specifically designed to work with Intel Silicon Photonics components.
The collaboration underscores the tremendous need for high-speed bandwidth within datacenters. By sending photons over a thin optical fiber instead of electrical signals over a copper cable, the new technologies are capable of transferring massive amounts of data at unprecedented speeds over greater distances. The transfers can be as fast as 1.6 terabits per second4 at lengths up to 300 meters5 throughout the datacenter."
Lenovo exec says Windows RT doesn't need to exist
Posted: 05 Sep 2013, 21:08, by Michael H.
There has been a fair bit of criticism for Windows RT since its release. The tech community never liked the limitations, consumers didn't see the value, and there's a possibility that the platform's failure was a key part of Steve Ballmer being pushed out as Microsoft's CEO. Now, a Lenovo exec is saying that there is no reason for Windows RT to exist at all.
The comment came from Lenovo's Australian marketing chief Nick Reynolds during a question and answer session following Lenovo's press conference at IFA in Berlin. Reynolds explained that the new Haswell chips from Intel have removed the need for consumers to choose between battery life and performance; and so, if users can get a full day of use from Windows 8, there's no reason for RT to be around.
Microsoft might argue that RT hits that lower price range that full Windows 8 tablets and hybrids can't reach, but given the $900 million in unsold Surface inventory that the company had to write off, we don't expect that argument to be all that long. Not surprisingly, Lenovo announced a few refreshes to its Windows 8 lineup, including a new Yoga convertible, but no Windows RT devices.
Get ready for a new breed of tablets and hybrids sporting Intel's Atom chip and Windows 8.1. One of the first out of the gate is the Toshiba Encore.
by Brooke Crothers
September 4, 2013 4:41 PM PDT
With the release of its new 8-inch Encore tablet, Toshiba is expected to provide the first glimpse of Intel's new Atom chip, the Bay Trail-T, powering Windows 8.1, industry sources say.
Bay Trail is a complete redesign of the Atom chip and offers performance that comes closer to Intel's mainstream processors, such as its Celeron and Pentium lines -- roughly twice the performance of the current "Clover Trail" Atom.
Many of the Bay Trail-based tablets are expected to come with the quad-core variant of the Bay Trail processor.
The tablets will offer all this as well as better battery life than what is generated with the Clover Trail Atom, which comes on Windows 8 tablets.
This will be one of the first products sporting Windows 8.1; the RTM code hasn't been released to the general public yet. That will happen in October.
Toshiba is expected to show off the Encore tablet at IFA in Berlin.
Is tablet prices that are below $150 too high? From Intel's last conference call;
John Pitzer - Credit Suisse
Good afternoon guys, thanks for letting me ask the question. Brian, although early the initial read we’re getting on Bay Trail with your partners is pretty positive, and I think that’s driving a concern in the investment community with whether or not Bay Trail is going to be so good that it starts to cannibalize Haswell, and so I guess I’d like to get your thoughts on how you can segment the market properly, to what extent do you think you’re a slave to market forces and to what extent do you think you can bring applications that are MIPS attentive into the ecosystem and secure the Core business even as you try to get more aggressive in Bay Trail and Atom?
Brian M. Krzanich - CEO
Sure. So, first let me say our view right now on Bay Trail is that we don’t believe it will be cannibalistic in that nature. We believe what it really does it allows us to get into these markets that we’re not in, in a big way today. And that as Stacy said are these sub $400, sub $300 in some case, clamshells and touch enabled convertibles in two in one devices, and tablets $199 and below some you’re going to see even lower below $150 and much below that as we go through the holiday season. So Bay Trail really first and foremost we believe gives solid performance, solid battery life relative to the competition in price points and markets that were simply not in, in a big way today. So we look at it mostly as an expensive. The other thing that I’d think as a point is Haswell as we said is the largest battery life improvement in Intel’s history along with great performance and its providing products that has core level of performance that will be fan less for the first time. So we still believe that there is a strong drive for performance in segments of this market that look for high-definition video performance, gaming.
Intel Shipped Custom Chips to 18 Customers Last Year
[08/26/2013 11:00 PM]
by Anton Shilov
As large datacenter owners start to build their own servers tailored for their specific workloads, for chip companies like Intel Corp. it becomes increasingly important to offer chips tailored for exact needs of their customers. Last year the world’s largest microprocessor maker supplied such custom chips to eighteen clients, but the number is set to grow.
"That trend is growing. In the last year we have delivered 18 custom silicon processor solutions for the full array of customers -- our direct customers, the OEMS and the end users -- in order to meet their specific needs," said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of datacenter and connected systems group, in an interview with IDG News Service.
....“We will have customers that have a very [specific] power target, so we will create versions whether it is through changes in frequency, changes in core count, changes to drive down the power. […] It all boils down to scale. I had one cloud service provider who had told me a single application is running across tens of thousands of servers. You can afford to tune that server very targeted against that application and eke out every bit of performance at ever lower cost of operations,” said Ms. Bryant.
The second round of customization will not only involve some customization of microprocessors and I/O, but will likely include made-to-order chips with specially designed I/O and even processing engines, according what a representative from Intel’s arch-rival, Advanced Micro Devices, said earlier this year. Intel seems to agree with that.
“With our SoC capability now, we can actually do rapid turns of our base product with very unique accelerators. Whether it's voice recognition acceleration or encryption or graphics acceleration... all the different types of accelerators that are targeted at different apps. We can deliver unique products there too,”
Nuance's Dragon Assistant starts obeying your every word on select AIOs and Ultrabooks
Intel and its PC partners are taking another page out of the mobile device playbook to beef up Ultrabooks and All-in-One PCs, bringing built-in voice command software to the desktop. On Thursday, Nuance Communications announced that a select line of ultra-mobile laptops and all-in-ones from Asus, Acer, Lenovo, and Toshiba would come pre-loaded with Nuance Dragon Assistant.
Nuance’s voice command PC app is similar to Dragon Mobile Assistant. You can use Dragon Assistant for PCs to open programs, take dictation, search the Web, play music, check email, and update Facebook and Twitter.
Intel and Nuance first announced a partnership to bring Dragon Assistant to Ultrabooks during CES 2012. Then in September, Nuance announced a beta roll-out of Dragon Assistant, starting with the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook. Now it appears Dragon Assistant is ready for prime time with its debut on a wider variety of devices.
You can find the complete list of voice-enabled Ultrabooks and AIOs in Best Buy’s Premium Collection of PCs for the fall back-to-school season.
more at PCWorld
Knights Landing may be a threat to more than the GPUs in supercomputers. Intel's Skylake is rumored to be using a "Knights Landing" as a GPU.
Posted by James Edward on Jun 13, 2012 in Hardware News |
Futurology: Intel CPUs Sky Lake have an IGP based on Larrabee
According to the roadmap for Intel x86 architectures through 2016 is expected to make their appearance by 2015 the first microprocessor-based micro-architecture for future Sky Lake (or Skylake), which to SemiAccurate will be the first to have an igp based on mic micro-architecture (Larrabee).
Larrabee was originally designed as a domestic GPU , but was canceled , reborn as a product aimed at high performance computing (HPC) architecture birthing Many Integrated Core (MIC) , which was removed codenamed Larrabee, being replaced by Knights and we have ended up calling Larrabee 2 Knights Ferry and Larrabee 3 would become the current Knights Corner . Larrabee is expected later to 4 (Knights Landing) and Larrabee 5 (Knights Hill).
As seen in the intel website, the Larrabee project manager is also responsible for the integrated graphics to accompany future Intel microprocessors based on micro-architectures Sky Lake, Mont Sky and later, which reinforces the rumors for years about the possibility that Intel develop an IGP based on Larrabee.
"unknown fact: When running Benchmarks on Android, most of the time, U are comparing ARM fully NEON optimized code VS plain C x86"
The ARM® NEON™ general-purpose SIMD engine efficiently processes current and future multimedia formats, enhancing the user experience.
NEON technology can accelerate multimedia and signal processing algorithms such as video encode/decode, 2D/3D graphics, gaming, audio and speech processing, image processing, telephony, and sound synthesis by at least 3x the performance of ARMv5 and at least 2x the performance of ARMv6 SIMD.
Cleanly architected NEON technology works seamlessly with its own independent pipeline and register file.
NEON technology is a 128-bit SIMD (Single Instruction, Multiple Data) architecture extension for the ARM Cortex™-A series processors, designed to provide flexible and powerful acceleration for consumer multimedia applications, delivering a significantly enhanced user experience. It has 32 registers, 64-bits wide (dual view as 16 registers, 128-bits wide.
NEON instructions perform "Packed SIMD" processing:
Registers are considered as vectors of elements of the same data type
Data types can be: signed/unsigned 8-bit, 16-bit, 32-bit, 64-bit, single precision floating point
Instructions perform the same operation in all lanes
Silvermont, Intel’s Low Power Architecture
May 6, 2013 by David Kanter
Decoding takes three pipeline stages in both Silvermont and Saltwell and both cores have two decoders, but the similarity ends there. The Saltwell decoders have a number of restrictions that reduce the throughput. For example, only a single x87 instruction can be decoded each cycle, and any jump instruction will end decoding for that cycle, potentially causing a bubble in the pipeline. Moreover, the in-order nature of Saltwell also requires that instructions following pairing rules for optimal performance. This made code generation rather tricky for compilers, and the Saltwell microarchitecture is relatively fragile as a result.
The Silvermont decoders are significantly more robust. Any instructions which are not microcoded are handled by either decoder at full throughput. One area where Intel’s architects spent considerable effort is reducing the number of instructions that require microcode. Since each microcoded instruction has 3-4 cycles of overhead, this can yield substantial performance gains. Intel showed some results from benchmarks indicating that the number of static instructions requiring microcode fell from around 8-12% to 1-2%. This is a single data point, and doesn’t represent the dynamic instruction count, but is certainly promising. Intel’s architects indicated that the most common microcoded instructions for Silvermont are CALL or PUSH instructions that load from a first address in memory and then store data to a second different address.
Intel claims that the core and system level microarchitectural improvements will yield 50% higher IPC for Silvermont versus the previous generation. Comparing the two microarchitectures in Figure 7, that is a highly plausible claim as out-of-order scheduling alone should be worth 30% and perhaps 5-10% for better branch prediction.
PC sales may no longer be in a downward spiral
By Brad Reed on Aug 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM
It’s been a very bad year for PC sales but a new survey from Strategy Analytics suggests that the worst may be over for now. The firm’s latest poll on consumer buying intentions has found that “nearly 23% of respondents are very or somewhat likely to buy a portable PC during the next year, compared to less than 17% in Q4 2012.” Strategy Analytics analyst Jia Wu says that tablets have been eating into PCs‘ market share over the past few years, especially as the global economy has struggled to recover from the fallout of the 2008 market crash. But now that consumers’ finances are slowly starting to improve, Wu says that they “are still ready and willing to buy PCs.” Any improvement in PC sales would be welcome for many Windows OEMs, many of which have seen their PC shipments plummet by 20% or more year-over-year.
Motorola Reveals More X8 Chip Details
Sascha Segan By Sascha Segan
July 31, 2013 09:15am EST
""If you look at the X8 mobile computing system, it has a cluster of processors and then some separate elements of the system," said Iqbal Arshad, Motorola's senior vice president of engineering. The goal was to move away from a primarily CPU-based architecture to save power and do "intelligent, probabilistic computing," he said."
"Here's where things get a little more mysterious. Associated with the S4 Pro, but not on the same chip, are a "contextual computing processor" and a "natural language processor." Arshad said that neither of those were ARM cores and declined to say where Motorola got them from, or who manufactured them.
"It's done by Motorola, a lot of design in the entire system," he said. "The actual silicon is specified by us but we don't go ahead and design and fab it. It's not an ARM processor, it's a very low-power separate processor," he said.
"...We invented mobile. We have  years of DSP expertise, That is all Motorola's unique technology," he said.
Separating the custom logic from the CPU will allow Motorola to build X8s based on other CPUs, Arshad said.
"We can with with any Qualcomm processor. We can work with anybody's CPU. That's the beauty of it; all of our technology and experiences are decoupled from the legacy CPU processor," he said.
[Intel purchased assets, patents, and hire Motorola employees at the end of 2012. Intel announced that Merrifield will have an "integrated always on sensor hub". Intel has said they would manufacture non X86 systems for a "Strategic partner" ]
Looking at CPU/GPU Benchmark Optimizations in Galaxy S 4
by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on July 30, 2013 9:34 AM EST
At this point the benchmarks allowed to run at higher GPU frequencies would seem arbitrary. AnTuTu, GLBenchmark 2.5.1 and Quadrant get fixed CPU frequencies and a 532MHz max GPU block, while GFXBench 2.7 and Epic Citadel don’t. Poking around I came across the application changing the DVFS behavior to allow these frequency changes – TwDVFSApp.apk. Opening the file in a hex editor and looking at strings inside (or just running strings on the .odex file) pointed at what appeared to be hard coded profiles/exceptions for certain applications. The string "BenchmarkBooster" is a particularly telling one:"
"...You can see specific Android java naming conventions immediately in the highlighted section. Quadrant standard, advanced, and professional, linpack (free, not paid), Benchmark Pi, and AnTuTu are all called out specifically. Nothing for GLBenchmark 2.5.1 though, despite its similar behavior. "
Continuing from Brian M. Krzanich's opening statement;
"In addition to the organizational changes, we have made several strategy and priority changes that will allow us to focus and win in that environment. These changes will drive a greater emphasis on Atom-based products bringing the full weight of our process and architectural leadership to the Atom family.
We will move Atom even faster to our leading-edge silicon technology and focus on the SOC integration of key components like graphics, communications and other devices. This does not mean we will lessen the value or leadership of our Core product family, but rather make Atom an equal player in technology leadership for the ultra-mobile space. Both product lines will be driving Intel's future."
From Intel's 2013 Q2 conference call's opening statements;
Brian M. Krzanich-CEO
".....And finally our investments and expertise in process technology continue to be the foundation of our industry leadership. With 22 nanometer defect density and throughput times at record low levels and 14 nanometer on-track to enter production by the end of the year. Together, these accomplishments highlight to me what’s possible when we focus our resources on the right objectives and we hold ourselves accountable for results."
Romit J. Shah - Nomura Securities Co. Ltd., Research Division
Yes, that's fair enough, Ron. My second question was just on your 14-nanometer part Stratix 10. Have you guys gotten any customer feedback at this point?
John P. Daane - Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President
Yes. It's been stellar. And the reason it works so well is the number of the major customers who use ASICs are looking at utilizing the most advanced technology for their ASICs. Obviously, as they've gone through and reviewed different foundries, they realize a substantial advantage that one would have with the 14-nanometer technology. So it was a pretty easy sell from that perspective. And this puts us so far out in the lead in terms of density, in terms of performance, of power, that the feedback has been from our customer base of trying to figure out with us how could we accelerate some of our designs into 14. So we really think that as we introduced this technology, that we will not have competition for many, many years. And no matter what the competition and there's many foundries that one can utilize, whatever they call their technologies, we don't see anybody catching up to Intel in 14 for the next 5 years.
"Beyond that, outside of having a cost advantage over the competition, obviously at the high end, what we'll also have is -- because we're in a 14-nanometer transistor, we'll have a performance advantage, we'll have a power advantage. And then also because we're in a much smaller geometry [ph] process technology, we can make much more highly integrated devices, which means we're also have a density advantage. So this is why we say moving to the high end, our competition is somewhat trapped in that they're going to try to compete with us with a more expensive technology. We've got really a more cost-effective technology combined with better feature set.
And we don't see anything coming on the horizon in the foundry industry, which really will catch up over the next 5 years, which is why I comfortably say that for the next 5 years, we will own the high-end.
And as we've talked about before and our competition has as well, the high-end is half of the FPGA industry in revenue. So I just wanted to follow up with that because similar question was around why Intel, and I think it's important to understand that scaling that process advantage, that node advantage is really critical to high end, and that's what we get with Intel."